dish towel apron tutorial {and a fun gift basket}

dish towel apron tutorial

this is a super easy sewing project, even for beginners!  it took about 30 minutes or so from start to finish, and cost maybe $7: $4 for the dish towel and about $3 for the fabric.

dish towel apron diy

supplies needed:

1 dish towel – i got mine for $4 at world market

1/3 yard fabric for sash (or just 10 inches)

dish towel apron diy

 first, fold the towel in half, making sure the sides are even and line up with each other.  press with a hot iron if necessary.

dish towel apron diy

 cut 2  5″ wide stripes of fabric

dish towel apron diy

 trim off selvedge ends of both strips

dish towel apron diy

 with right sides together, sew ends of strips together, making one long strip

dish towel apron diy

press that seam open

dish towel apron diy

 fold the entire strip in half width-wise and press

dish towel apron diy

this si the first time i’ve used this trick and it worked great!  i got a heavy piece of card stock and marked a line 1/2″ in down the length of one side.   then i folded the fabric down to that line and pressed right over the paper and got a perfectly even fold.

dish towel apron diy

 see how nice that is?

dish towel apron diy

 do it down both sides of the strip.  you are basically making a huge piece of binding tape.

dish towel apron diy

once both sides are done, fold over the ends and press, about 1/4″.

dish towel apron diy

 then fold in the corners like a paper airplane.   fold the corners toward the pressed center fold line, but don’t let the corners touch – leave a little gap so the next step is easier.  press flat.

dish towel apron diy

 then fold the sides over and press the length of the sash again, making sure that all the edges line up.

dish towel apron diy

 now take the dish towel and find the center point.  i pressed mine so i could see where it was with a fold line.  lay the sash out then the towel over it.

dish towel apron diy

 line up the center seam of the sash with the center fold line of the towel.

dish towel apron diy

 fold the sash over, sandwiching the towel in the middle.  pin the sash to the towel.

dish towel apron diy

 starting at one end of the towel, backstitch, then sew to the other end of the towel.

dish towel apron diy

 i use a very tiny seam allowance, just big enough to make sure i’m catching the other side of the sash on the backside of the towel.

dish towel apron diy

once you get to the other side of the towel, keep going to the end of the sash, keeping the seam allowance tiny, but still making sure to catch both sides.

dish towel apron diy

 when you get to the pointed end, keep the small seam allowance and be sure to back stitch at the end to secure the  stitches.

dish towel apron diy

now go back to the other end of the tea towel, where you first started, and finish of the other end of the sash with the small seam allowance, finishing off the end the same as the other side.  trim all your threads.

dish towel apron diy

 and you’re done!  this apron is reversible and can be tied in front or back.

dish towel apron diy

 i added mine to this adorable batter bowl gift for a friend.  i also added a bag of flour, cute cupcake liners, and parchment paper, and a big ol’ homemade pompom.

dish towel apron diy

 when i was wrapping this all up, sean said “that is a really cute batter bowl”.  i looked at him, shocked, and said “i can’t believe you knew it was called a batter bowl!”  he said “well there’s a tag on the handle saying what it is”.  oh.

{ps – this is not a sponsored post – i just fell in love with all the red & aqua at world market this year!}

 

Comments

  1. 1

    love your posts and your cuteness. Merry Christmas, Lindsey to you and your family. I miss getting to chat with you on email when I order something. Hope you are well. Very excited for my messenger bag to arrive today! Winter break started today. I may have to head to World Market.

  2. 2

    I practically did a commercial for World Market on my blog too. I LURVE all the red and aqua and jadeite green they have this year. Did you grab some of those great striped bowls? Lurve them too. Your tutorial is great and I wish I was getting a fun gift basket like this.

  3. 3

    Dear Lindsey,

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! You are so creative and I love your posts. We do not have World Market up here in Canada, but your post inspires me to go looking for similar things. Hope your holidays are great and keep up the great blogging!

    Your Canadian Friend,
    Amy

  4. 4

    I would love to win this one. Merry Christmas.

  5. 5

    Ok I simply love aprons and love this idea. Thank you for inspiring me! I will be making one of these VERY soon. I am going to share this idea as well!

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